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Two Haverhill athletes are Suffolk gold ambassadors

Decaman 2012 champion Simon Bourne and Team GB wheelchair basketballer of four Paralympics Caroline Maclean are both Gold Sporting ambassadors for Suffolk

Decaman 2012 champion Simon Bourne and Team GB wheelchair basketballer of four Paralympics Caroline Maclean are both Gold Sporting ambassadors for Suffolk

Two Haverhill athletes have been chosen to inspire youngsters to take up sport throughout Suffolk.

Team GB wheelchair basketballer Caroline Maclean, who has competed at four Paralympics, and Pc Simon Bourne, who swam 240 miles, cycled 1,160 miles and ran 262 miles to win the Deca Triathlon in Monteray, Mexico, are both set to take on the role of goal sporting ambassadors for Suffolk.

The role will see them go to schools throughout the county to do talks and demonstrations and lead lessons to enthuse youngsters as part of Britain’s Olympic legacy.

Caroline, 36, who retired after London 2012, said: “It was a bit of a surprise but a really nice opportunity.

“I love working with children and when I’ve been in schools before when it’s been them talking to me and a question and answer session but this will be more me addressing them. It’s lovely to work with the young ones and they ask some really great questions.”

Pc Bourne, 49, from Bury St Edmunds, is also keen to get started in the Suffolk Sport role.

“The aim is to inspire the next generation of athletes,” he said.

“It’s countywide with community groups and schools requesting athletes to attend.

“It’s an absolutely fantastic opportunity because I like working with schools and young people anyway and this is a chance for me to have a long term impact on the athletes of Suffolk.

“I want to inspire as many young people as possible to get involved with sport, and as I do triathlon that’s hopefully three sports I can inspire people in.”

It is unclear when the duo will start in the role, or how many others are also ambassadors.

There is a silver ambassador level comprising of up and coming athletes.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (February 14) Echo.

 

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